Bardonecchia, in the Italian Alps, has launched First Snow deals from €115 per person for three days' accommodation and ski pass.

The offer is directed at early-season skiers hitting the slopes between Dec. 4 and 25. There is a wide range of accommodation available with the offer, from four-star hotels to apartments and bed and breakfasts.

The First Snow stays are available for three or seven days. A week's stay and ski ranges from €485 at a four-star hotel to €235 at an apartment. Children aged 3-11 get 50 percent off and children under 3 are free.

Guests also can opt for ski lessons with the First Snow deal, at the discounted price of €65 for three days.

Bardonecchia (1312m), host of the Turin Winter Olympics 2006, offers access to 100 kilometres of slopes best suited to intermediate skiers and boarders. Skiing is spread over three areas: Melezet, Jafferau, and Campo Smith. The terrain offers everything from wide runs to tree-lined trails and a top altitude of 2800 metres. There are also endless possibilities for off-piste skiing.

Campo Smith, in the middle, is considered the main ski area and is fully lift linked to neighbouring Melezet. Jafferau is a five-minute bus ride away and a free bus pass is provided with the lift ticket.

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